Livingstone Mbabazi has been sacked as the Bright Stars FC coach after 12 months in charge and replaced by the Uganda Cranes goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba.
The writing had been on the wall for the former Ireland based midfielder over the weekend after Bright Stars’s chairman Ronnie Mutebi described him as being part of the club’s “past”.
The apparent delay in making the announcement was put down to negotiations over the parting of the ways with Mbabazi, who was appointed in June 2013, still having one more year of his contract to run.
The club released a short statement on Monday night in which they said: “Bright Stars FC has confirmed that Head Coach Livingstone Charles has left the club on mutual consent and the club will continue searching for Mbabazi’s replacement while the technical committee is on ground trying to get players for strengthening the squad in preparation for the 2014/2015 football season.”
The bespectacled Mayanja had said to a confident on Friday: “We’ll see at the next board meeting what solution we find for Livingstone Mbabazi but that’s enough talking about the past, we are looking to the future.
“I’ve seen that Kajoba is very determined, hungry for victory and absolutely in line with everything we want Bright Stars to be. We want a team which wins, plays convincingly and entertains the fans.
“I hope that next season we can field a team which can start a new cycle. We have to become among the top competitors, at the moment we are between one cycle and another.”
Bright Stars won 6 out of 30 of their debut Super league matches under Mbabazi scrapping through relegation battles alike and considered one of Uganda’s best midfielders of all-time and as one of their most distinguished players from Kawempe alongside Ibrahim Sekajja where Bright Stars call home.
Before becoming Stars coach, Mbabazi had spent last season at rivals Wandegeya FC where he doubled as coach and player but made his name at KCC FC before joining St. Patrick FC of Ireland where he played between 1999 and 2003.
Who is Charles Livingstone Mbabazi?
Born on 18 October 1980, Mbabazi was a versatile player with the ability to play on either wing or as a forward. Locally, he played for SC Villa and KCC FC before joining Ireland’s St. Patrick popularly known as Saints.
Mbabazi made his Saints debut on St. Stephen’s Day 1999 against Athlone Town in the Leinster Senior Cup. Mbabazi became a huge fans’ favourite, scoring his first goal against Longford Town in a League match at Richmond Park.